Lutheran Services in Iowa and the Food Bank of Iowa are partnering to provide community garden space for refugee farmers in Central Iowa. According to a news release from LSI, the agency’s Global Greens program provides land to former refugees in Polk County to grow food for their families, and to build their own small farming business. The space will include eight plots, each with 450 square feet of land, for gardeners. The effort has received help from several community partners who have contributed to the project, including Seed Savers Exchange, which provided vegetables and pollinator friendly herbs for the farmers to use, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which provided compost, Polk County, which donated fencing, and the United way, provided funding and a shed for the land. “Over the last year, LSI’s Global Greens program has lost three garden plots to development across the metro area, which has displaced roughly 60 gardeners,” Nick Wuertz, director of LSI’s Refugee and Immigrant Services, said in a news release. “We are so excited that the Food Bank of Iowa and other partners have stepped up to answer our call for creating more dedicated gardening spaces for new Iowans in our community, especially during this challenging time.” The space also allows farmers to grow local food and help fight food insecurity in communities across the metro area during the COVID-19 crisis.